April 6, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Following a solid 7-6 record against tough non-Ivy competition this spring, the Yale men's tennis team opens up league play on the road this weekend when they face off against Penn and Princeton. With the No. 79 ranked player in the country in Brandon Wai and an excellent freshman class, the No. 73 Bulldogs are poised to contend for the Ancient Eight title this spring.
With three other Ivy teams--No. 75 Columbia, No. 70 Brown and No. 52 Penn--currently in the national rankings, the league is anyone's for the taking at this point in the season. Brown boasts the No. 66 ranked player in the country in Dan Hanegby, while Penn features No. 92 Jason Pinsky. Also cracking the top 125 in singles is Harvard's Ashwin Kumar, who is currently No. 101.
The Bulldogs will have to ride the leadership of No. 79 Wai, as well as their freshman talent, if they hope to contend. Wai has already amassed a 9-3 record in singles playing at No. 1, and has combined with rookie Jeff Dawson to post a 3-1 record at No. 2 doubles. Dawson has been impressive in singles as well, posting a 7-2 record in the No. 3 slot and an 8-4 overall singles record. Freshman Josh Lederman has also proved his mettle early on, amassing a 3-1 singles record in the No. 6 spot and combining with Wai for a 3-2 record at No. 2 doubles.
Rory Green has also blitzed his opponents thus far this spring with a 9-3 singles record and 7-4 doubles record with partner Rowan Reynolds. With this balanced lineup mixed with seasoned veterans and younger stars, Yale will look to stifle Hanegby, Pinsky, and Kumar and reclaim its first Ivy League title since 1993.
The Bulldogs will face Penn at 2:00 p.m. on Fri., Apr. 7, and Princeton at 12:00 p.m. on Sat., Apr. 8.
Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity